Description

Built to house my gaming needs until I can afford an worthwhile upgrade, this AMD/Nvidia build was scrapped together through cheap deals, trades, and gifts.
No longer in operation; look for my next (full) build!

Methods of Aquisition

  • CPU: Traded a previous-generation Haswell processor for this. He receives more consistent performance on the Intel processor but that's about the only difference, in terms of speed.
  • CPU Cooler: Unknown manufacturer, original fan was used in a friend's build.
  • Motherboard: Received with the processor - really nice friend.
  • RAM: Taken from a pre-built desktop that was previously used as a LAN-only server until it was decommissioned.
  • HDD: Taken from a laptop until I can buy another 500 GB, or greater, drive.
  • GPU: Purchased from a friend's step-brother who bought a 980 Ti and had no use for this GPU.
  • Case: Gifted by a friend who bought a full-sized case.
  • PSU: Traded an old computer for this and some other parts that I'll be using in future builds.
  • WLAN Adapter: Purchase refurbished on Newegg, $9.99 for Version 3.0 of the hardware.
  • Case Fans: All gifted or received with cases.
  • Keyboard: My dad bought this for me around Christmas.
  • Mouse: Traded hard drives for this. Brand new mouse for 4 year old HDDs (that have no near-future S.M.A.R.T. indication of failing).
  • Headset: Gifted by my brother, who no longer has a use for them.

Performance (CPU Thermals/Speed)

  • Prime95: 40C max.
  • GTA V: 60 FPS Vsync On, 1080p with the settings on Very High. 28 C max.
  • Fallout 4: 60 FPS Vsync On, 1080p with the settings on High. 24 C max.

Additional Notes

  • PSU load can be fairly high, but never surpasses the maximum wattage.
  • HDD is not mounted in 2.5" drive bay - had to find the original mount.
  • Low temperatures, but YMMV. Good airflow + BIOS tweaking is the key to low temperatures I guess.
  • AMD's temperatures don't correlate to Intel's.

Part Reviews

CPU

The age old Intel vs AMD: who cares? Both are fast. Buy according to your budget; this CPU is great and overclocks amazingly - just be sure to have a good motherboard and power supply. (EDIT) Just go for anything 6th gen Intel / 7th gen AMD or above at this point, if you're still reading this.

Motherboard

Nice motherboard, the BIOS feels a tiny bit sluggish compared to some other motherboards - it still responds well though. Lack of fan headers, can only control CPU fan and the first system fan. Solidly built.

Memory

Basic RAM, and it's Samsung. Can't ask for more.

Storage

Low cache, but decent for what it is. A small HDD.

Video Card

Amazing GPU; 4 GB VRAM, and it processes data faster than I thought it would. Not a fancy 900-series one but still very powerful.

Case

Great case to build in, lack of USB 3.0 is an immediate con - not enough to skip buying this case if it goes on sale. Great cable management.

Power Supply

Tier 2 PSU, lower wattage than you would expect to be available - great for builds that need efficiency and don't want 1000W extra. Nice and flat cables, other than the ATX power being thick.

Wireless Network Adapter

Stable performance and a nice look. Cheap as well.

Case Fan

Loud at max. Efficient as intake or exhaust.

Case Fan

Came with nice long screws for mounting as an intake.

Case Fan

Moves air, lights up. One is less silent than when originally received, but it's been a few years.

Case Fan

Adds a little flare to the case. Came with two sets of screws: rubber and aluminum.

Case Fan

Moves air. Not loud. I'd say that makes this pretty effective.

Keyboard

Thin keys, very few wireless interruptions. Works well and cleans my area up.

Mouse

A bit heavy after installing the weights. Lights up, DPI switches, lockable mouse wheel, and a sleeved cable. It's great.

Headphones

Haven't tested wireless, but it works well wired. Downside is the ear cups can hurt your ears after taking it off.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I dig the rubberband, aye whatever works to game! grats on the build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, 10/10.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the rubber band cpu cooler XD If it works it works am i right? nice build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The very definition of budget, you got pretty lucky with your bargains/gifts, pretty nice result. Depending on what Haswell i5 you traded, it might have been better to look for an used motherboard to pair it with, not that I dislike the 8350, but a haswell i5 should've lasted a while longer before it was time to upgrade. On that topic, don't look for skylake. Kaby lake is right around the corner, and if you are patient (and with this processor you can afford to be it) you can also wait for zen around the end of this year. In the meantime that 8350 will work well enough, especially if you use it for some kind of work. Very good bargain with the 760, and with the newer gpus being more energy efficient (especially amd's ones this time) you won't need more than 450w unless you go with the higher tier ones.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I still have another i5+h97 (that I'm letting a friend borrow), but I try to avoid spending too much money. This turned out to be an experiment that went fairly well - will be my main computer for a good amount of time. Thanks for the advice on Skylake, I'm fine with what I have for now but might look at the next generation of hardware for an upgrade later this year.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent budget build and extra points for the rubber band. If you wanna replace it at no cost... use duct tape!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build, i use to have that headset, got around 10 hrs per charge

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice :) the phrase is Jack of All Trades. You missed the all

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll blame it on lack of sleep. Thanks lol :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Brace yourselves... The Intel fan boys are coming

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an 8320 OC'd to 4.2, I love it!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It was still a good deal, but that 760 for 50$ is just a lucky hit. A bit oldish maybe, but still powerful enough for some gaming.

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